Glossary

Automatic mechanical movement

AUGUSTE REYMOND® automatic watches gain their energy from an oscillating weight which is activated by the movements of your wrist. This movement ensures that the watch retains the correct time. Automatic watches do not need a battery. The creation of time is made by a combination of many individual, very small mechanical parts. Difficult to imagine, but thanks to the precision work our mechanical movements can reach an accuracy of -1 to +18 seconds per day. Depending on the models, the power reserve ranges from 38 to 48 hours.

Note: Accuracy is influenced by the way the watch is worn.

Anti-reflection coating

Certain AUGUSTE REYMOND® watches have a sapphire glass with double side anti-reflection treatment.

This optical coating is applied to the surface of the sapphire crystal to reduce reflection. It ensures optimum legibility of the time and emphasises the aesthetic elegance of the watch. With all the advantages of this coating, important to know, this layer on the glass can be scratched if the watch doesn’t receive the care needed.

Diamonds

Diamonds are forever. The beauty of this special stone is incredible. For our AUGUSTE REYMOND® watches we carefully select the right diamonds to match for each watch dial or watch case according the carat value, cut, colour and clarity. All diamonds we purchase from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. We certify that our diamonds are conflict free.

EOL (End of Life) function

Once it has been used up, the battery should be replaced without delay. If the second hand jumps every 4 seconds, this indicates that the battery has reached the end of its useful life and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Galvanic plating

Galvanic plating is a method of depositing a thin layer on the surface of the case or bracelet material (brass or today mainly steel). This plating is applied by electrolysis. By varying the timing and current intensity, it is possible to vary the thickness (2, 5, 10 or even 20μm) and nature of the different layers (mainly gold 18ct).

GMT

With the mention GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) we name our watches equipped with a 2nd time zone function. With the hour, minute, second of the watch you can see your local time and with a GMT hand you can see a 2nd time zone you adjusted for another city, of your choice, in the world.

Leather strap

The AUGUSTE REYMOND® leather straps are carefully manufactured starting from the natural cow or calf leather, tanning for a comfortable touch and feel, colouring for the good look and finally cut and stitched for the nice shape. A leather strap is very comfortable to wear on the skin but the life time will be shorter if the leather is in contact with water or sweat.

Mother-of-pearl (MOP or Nacre)

Nacre, also known as mother of pearl (or MOP for Mother Of Pearl) is an natural organic-inorganic material produced by molluscs as an inner shell layer. It is also the outer coating of pearls. Nacre appears iridescent in white/blue/green transparent colour. We use this natural material as decoration colour on some of our AUGUSTE REYMOND® watch dials. The natural nacre we put as a very thin layer on the metallic plate of the dial. The structure and the colour are slightly different from each watch as it’s a natural product what gives the watch a special beauty.

PVD coating

This process is performed under vacuum (PVD = Physical Vapor Deposition). Deposit of a thin film by the condensation of a vaporized form of the desired film material (0.5 – 1.0 μm mainly titanium nitride) onto various workpiece surfaces (mainly watch case, watch bezel, crown, pusher, watch bracelet).

The advantage of PVD is that it is a thin but hard layer, resistant to corrosion, has a strong adherence, offers many choices of colours (mainly 0.1-0.3 μm 18ct gold 2N) and is hypoallergenic. Our PVD coating is equivalent to a 10 μm galvanic coating.

Quartz movement

AUGUSTE REYMOND® quartz watches benefit from the incomparable precision of quartz. These electronic movements gain their energy from a battery. Their power reserve usually enables them to operate for more than 2 years in continuous use. All you have to do is to set the time, and occasionally also the date if your watch is equipped with a display of this kind (refer to the section on “Settings”). The quartz models are accurate to 3 minutes per year. If you ever have a period when you might not be wearing your watch for a few weeks or months, we would advise you to put it to one side, having first pulled the crown out to the last position. You will see the second hand now stopped working. This will substantially reduce power consumption.

Sapphire crystal

Sapphires may be found naturally or they also may be manufactured for industrial or decorative purposes in large crystal boules from agglomerated aluminium oxide (Al2O3). Artificial sapphire material is identical to natural sapphire, except it can be made without the flaws that are found in natural stones. Sapphire glass is not only highly transparent, but is also extraordinarily scratch-resistant. Sapphire has a value of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (the second hardest mineral, right behind diamond). Due to its extreme hardness, sapphire is scratch proof and resistant to wear and chemical attack. We use since many years this perfect material for all the top crystals on our AUGUSTE REYMOND® watches.

Screw-down crown

To ensure greater water-resistance, certain watches are equipped with a screw down crown. The screw-down crown is sealing the crown to the case of the watch when it’s screwed in. With a screwed crown the water-resistance can reach 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft), 20 bar (200 m / 660 ft) or even 30 bar (300 m / 1000 ft), depending on the model. On these models you need first to un-screw the crown to manipulate and after manipulation to screw it down again.

Stainless steel material

Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does. Stainless steel is used where both the properties of steel and resistance to corrosion are required. For the manufacture of all accessible components of its metal watches AUGUSTE REYMOND® has selected a very high quality stainless steel grade 316L (EN 1.4404 ). The advantage of this steel is its high corrosion resistance, excellent durability and is in good harmony with your skin. For example, certain steels used in the medical field for the manufacture of implants also belong to the 316L family.

Super-LumiNova®

Many AUGUSTE REYMOND® watches are equipped with a luminous material on hands and on dials to allow time reading in low-light conditions. We only use Super-LumiNova® pigments as luminescent material. After sufficient activation by sunlight or artificial light they glow in the dark for many hours. This material is a passive element, environmental friendly, non-toxic and absolutely free of radioactivity.

Titanium material

Titanium is a strong, light metal. It is stronger than common, low-carbon steels, but 45% lighter. Titanium is not easily corroded by sea water. Since titanium does not react within the human body, it and its alloys are used to create artificial hips, pins for setting bones, and for other biological implants. Due to its light specific weight (45% lighter than steel) and its hypoallergenic this high-tech material is an excellent material for our cases and bracelets.

Water-resistance

AUGUSTE REYMOND® has always been a leader in waterproof watches. Already since 1935 Mr Reymond manufactured water-resistant wrist watches. Thanks to high quality, they were selected by the army as helpful tool for many soldiers and they could proof its robust construction under tough daily conditions. Today all AUGUSTE REYMOND® watches are water-resistant up to at least 3 to 5 bar (50 m / 160 ft).

About us

Over more than a century the company AUGUSTE REYMOND has manufactured watches in Tramelan, a village located in the Jura mountains, the very heart of the Swiss Watch Valley . A place far away from the hustle of the big cities, a place where time is still a value on its own, not just a matter of ephemeral trends or fast money, a place where we can still take our time to create timeless beauty. Far aside from the mass production of the big luxury groups, our independent, family-owned company offers you the genuine luxury of an authentic product, which is hand-assembled only in small series by our watchmakers in our own workshops in Tramelan.

Contact info

AUGUSTE REYMOND S.A.

Rue de la Promenade 29

CH-2720 Tramelan

Switzerland

+41(0)32 487 42 46

+41(0)32 487 42 47

info(at)augustereymond.ch